Attend the 2017 Igor Legacy Camps!

Three weekend camps in three exciting locations across the Midwest:  Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are set to host U12 and U14 skiers (ages 10-13) for an unforgettable three days of fun outdoor activities.

The Igor Legacy Camps are filling quickly, and some athletes are making plans to attend more than one camp. Each camp has a space allotment for only 50 athletes.


The goal of each Igor Legacy Camp, is to promote the growth and development of junior cross country ski racers and expose young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for high-level cross country ski racing.

WISCONSIN June 16-18, 2017 / Standing Rocks County Park

MINNESOTA July 14-16, 2017 / Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center

MICHIGAN August 11-13, 2017 / Gogebic Community College

* Coaches and parents are welcome to apply to attend the Igor Legacy Camps.

Each camp will offer special features and activities including outdoor games, dry-land training, roller skiing, and cross training activities. The intention the Igor Legacy Camps is to inspire and excite youth in Igor Badamshin’s honor because his positive and playful approach to coaching has touched and inspired skiers of all ages.

The Igor Legacy Camps are made possible by: Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC), Wisconsin Nordic Development Group (WNDG), and the American Birkebeiner Foundation (ABSF), along with two ski shops: FinnSisu (St. Paul, MN) and Out There Nordic Sports (Rice Lake, WI).


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(by Bruce Manske)

For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, contact Bruce Manske, 651.304.0647.

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Igor Legacy Camps: Making a Difference and Helping Young Skiers Learn the Sport

by Bruce Manske

The inaugural Igor Legacy Camp was held over Father’s Day weekend (June 2014) at the Iola Winter Sports Club in Iola, Wisconsin. Over sixty young Midwest athletes, along with more than twenty coaches, parents, and collegiate skiers from the central region attended the camp. The athletes who participated were mostly 10-14 years of age, with a few exceptions above and below that group. Unlike most junior camps, the Igor Legacy Camp was shorter, and provided a simple introduction to ski training. In the typical style of Igor Badamshin, the camp was centered on fun and physical movement. It was purposely designed to get youngsters, who are relatively new to Nordic skiing, engaged in rollerskiing and Nordic technique activities. Other aspects of this unique summer training camp included running, soccer, swimming, and strength training activities.

On a chilly winter afternoon in January 2014, the ski community lost a good friend; as a result, the concept of the Igor Legacy Camp became a reality thanks to Minocqua ski enthusiast Dr. Jim Mullen. Igor Badamshin was 46 years young when he died from a heart attack while testing wax for the Seeley Hills Classic. In his few short years, Badamshin became a strong advocate for youth skiing in the Midwest; and, almost single handedly, he recharged the adult skiing community wherever he went in Wisconsin.

According to Mullen, “Badamshin made an impact on a lot of kids. Although he did not know most of the kids at this camp, through his work with others, he let these new Nordic athletes experience a little of the joy and happiness, that he brought to everyone around him before and now.”

While Mullen had lost a dear friend, he knew that the creation of something in Igor’s honor would be the best way to recognize his countless contributions. Mullen put together a coaching staff of many talented Nordic coaches and Nordic enthusiasts; including, Diane Mullen, Bill Pierce, Steve Myrland, Yuriy Gusev, Jake Barnes, Mike Young, and Gordy Bartholomew; plus, three guest collegiate skiers, William Frielinghaus, Seth Mares, and Thomas Bye, to help focus on refining and sharpening athletic development. The camp featured a mixture of movement patterns: jumping, hopping, skipping, running, bounding, spinning, and swinging.

“If I were to give the camp a theme, it would be simple,” stated Pierce, “Enjoy moving and enjoy life!”  Pierce continued, “Igor’s goal was not to be a great trainer or skier, but to teach the love for the outdoors and skiing; his Russian accent could often be heard encouraging young skiers, to keep moving, moving, moving…”

The Igor Legacy Camp concept continues to grow, not just at summer camps, but also as a lifestyle and a celebration of athleticism throughout the entire year.

The Igor Legacy Camps are now offered in three states:  Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, providing opportunities for young skiers to learn about teamwork, training, and outdoor fun with their peers and coaches from across the Midwest. 

Each camp offers something special, depending on the geography of the venue, but the highlights will stay the same: a tribute to Igor, lots of movement activities and games, meeting new Nordic friends, and enjoying time in nature. One thing each participant can be guaranteed, during the three days and two nights of camp, they will only stop moving to eat and sleep.


Igor Badamshin was known mostly as a long distance skier; he won his only major international medal in a relay, as a member of the Russian relay team that won bronze at the 1993 World Championships. His best individual finish at a major international tournaments was fifth, which he achieved twice: the 50 km freestyle at the 1989 World Championships and the 30 km classical style at the 1993 World Championships. During his career, Badamshin also competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics, and the 1991 and 1995 World Championships. He had one podium position in a World Cup event, earning a silver medal in the 50 km classic at Calgary in 1989. His best overall World Cup finish was 15th during the 1989-1990 season.

In Russia, Badamshin won the Soviet 50 km title in 1988, 50 km, 70 km, and relay titles in 1989, a 15 km title in 1990, and CIS 50 km title in 1992. Badamshin retired from sports in 1997. In the early 2000s, he and his wife, Nina Gavrylyuk, a three-time Olympic gold medal winner in cross-country skiing, moved to Wisconsin in the United States.  Together they coached many cross-country skiers.  Igor joined the coaching staff at CXC from 2009-2014.


Each Igor camp continues to promote the growth and development of junior cross-country ski racers, with the goal of exposing young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required to advance up the Nordic pipeline. Athletes will be inspired and excited about skiing in the same manner Igor seized the sport, while participating in games, rollerskiing, hiking, swimming, and much more.

The Igor Legacy Camps are primarily aimed at U12 (ages 10-11) and U14 (ages 12-13) athletes; these age categories are guidelines, and have room for flexibility, depending on the needs of an individual athlete and athletic development. This is an age when athletes need to focus on sharpening their skill development for general athletics; whereas, once an athlete reaches 15 years old, focus will be geared more toward a specific sport. In addition, it is a great age for youngsters from different teams and clubs to come together to share skiing stories and training opportunities.

Thanks to the support of great sponsors, including the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the Wisconsin Nordic Development Group, Out There Nordic Sports, FinnSisu Ski Shop, Boulder Nordic Sports, Gear West and Central Cross Country Skiing the Igor Legacy Camps continue to grow and expand the scope of cross-country skiing and youth development.

Less than Two Weeks before the July Igor Legacy Camp July, 29-31 | Alberta Lea, (MN)

The July Igor Legacy Camp, July 29-31, is fast approaching and there are still spots available to attend! This camp will not be one to miss, Myre-Big Island State Park near Alberta Lea, (MN) is a fun new location right out the back door of areas such as Rochester, Winona and La Crosse!

Athletes will receive an Igor Legacy Camp t-shirt and an Out There Nordic Sports water bottle signed by Rochester, MN local and U.S. Ski Team member Ian Torchia. 

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Ian Torchia with a signed Igor Legacy Camp t-shirt.

Participants will experience a weekend of fun outdoor games, dry-land training, roller skiing and cross training activities.

CXC programs for youth such as the Igor Legacy Camps, are what fuel the fire and build the pipeline for Olympic hopefuls such as Ian. The camps are focused around having fun and the the intention of each camp is to inspire and excite youth in Igor Badamshin’s honor, because his positive and playful approach to coaching has touched and inspired skiers of all ages.

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An athlete works on agility at the 2016 June Igor Legacy Camp.

About Ian Torchia

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Ian Torchia (bib 10) competing at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Rasnov, Romania.

Ian began skiing competitively as a sophomore in high school with the Rochester Nordic Ski Team. In just a few short years he has claimed a Junior National Championship title, joined the Northern Michigan University Ski Team and became one of the top American distance skiers at both the 2015 World Juniors in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the 2016 World Juniors in Rasnov, Romania.

Torchia has had several top results at U.S. Nationals and was named to the 2016 All-CCSA first team and earned first team All-American titles in the 10k freestyle and 20k classic events at the 2016 NCAAs in Steamboat Springs, CO. These outstanding efforts have landed Torchia on the U.S. Ski Team Development Team, for the 2016-2017 season.

The Igor Legacy Camps are made possible by: Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC), Wisconsin Nordic Development Group, the American Birkebeiner Foundation, FinnSisu Ski Shop and Out There Nordic Sports.

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For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, contact Bruce Manske, 651.304.0647.

 

Attend the July Igor Legacy Camp, July, 29-31 | Alberta Lea, (MN)

The summer is flying by! Although the June Igor Legacy Camp has already come and gone, planning for the July Igor Camp, is underway.

When: July, 29-31

Where: Myre-Big Island State Park in Alberta Lea, MN

Participants, will not only receive a weekend of fun experiences filled with outdoor games, dry-land training, roller skiing and cross training activities, they will also get an Igor Legacy Camp t-shirt signed by Rochester, MN local and U.S. Ski Team member Ian Torchia.

SIGN UP TODAY! 

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2016 June Igor Legacy Camp at Sanding Rocks County Park in Stevens Point, (WI).

The July Igor Legacy Camp will not be one to miss and the camp is in a new location in Minnesota. Myre-Big Island State Park near Alberta Lea, is right out the back door of areas such as Rochester, Winona and La Crosse!

CXC programs for youth such as the Igor Legacy Camps, are what fuel the fire and build the pipeline for Olympic hopefuls such as Ian. The camps are focused around having fun and the the intention of each camp is to inspire and excite youth in Igor Badamshin’s honor, because his positive and playful approach to coaching has touched and inspired skiers of all ages.

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2016 June Igor Legacy Camp at Standing Rocks County Park in Stevens Point, (WI).

About Ian Torchia:

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Ian Torchia (bib 10) skiing in the 2016 World Junior Championships in Rasnov, Romania

Ian began skiing competitively as a sophomore in high school with the Rochester Nordic Ski Team. In just a few short years he has claimed a Junior National Championship title, joined the Northern Michigan University Ski Team and became one of the top American distance skiers at both the 2015 World Juniors in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the 2016 World Juniors in Rasnov, Romania.

Torchia has had several top results at U.S. Nationals and was named to the 2016 All-CCSA first team and earned first team All-American titles in the 10k freestyle and 20k classic events at the 2016 NCAAs in Steamboat Springs, CO. These outstanding efforts have landed Torchia on the U.S. Ski Team Development Team, for the 2016-2017 season.

The Igor Legacy Camps are made possible by: Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC), Wisconsin Nordic Development Group, the American Birkebeiner Foundation, FinnSisu Ski Shop and Out There Nordic Sports.


Bruce-Manske

For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, contact Bruce Manske, 651.304.0647.

 

Igor Badamshin ‘Wax Museum’ Project

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By: Casey Van Hefty, U12 Skier from Lakeland Nordic Ski Club

On June 12, 1966 in Sverdlovsk, Russia, a very intelligent boy, Igor Badamshin was born. Igor had a very successful, but short life. Spending most of his time in Russia he also made his way to the U.S. and Wisconsin. In his life he coached for many teams and was a legacy with all of them. He developed a relationship with the Central Cross Country Ski Association and was a huge part of the program.

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Igor Gayniakhmetovich Badamshin was born and grew up in Sverdlovsk, Russia. His name in Russian is actually written as Игорь Гайниахметович Бадамшин. His father’s name was Gainiahment Badamshin and in my research I could not find his mother’s name. He also had a twin brother, and younger sister. Most of his family is still known to live in St. Petersburg, Russia. Igor began skiing at an age of 13. Before that he was really into basketball. He skied with his family at first, but then at 14 years old skiing became more competitive for him.

As a young man Igor became a very well known, world class cross country skier in
Russia, and was known mostly for his long distance skiing. Several of his achievements included a podium position of second place in the 50km classic at the Calgary World Cup event in 1989. He was a member of the Russian 4 x 10 relay team that took the bronze medal in the 1993 World Ski Championship in Falun, Sweden, where he also took 5th place for his 30kim individual classic race. Before that he also placed 5th in the 1989 World Championship race in Lahti, Finland for the 50km individual freestyle race.

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While in Russia he also won the Soviet 50 km title in 1988, 50 km, 70 km and relay titles in 1989, a 15 km title in 1990, and CIS 50 km title in 1992. And most impressively, he placed 14th for the Men’s 50k in the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. During this time, while living in Russia , and being very involved in his ski career, is when he met and married Nina Gavrylyuk. Nina was a three-time Olympic gold medal winner herself, and actually took home more medals and higher rankings than Igor. Also while they were living there their daughter Jenia was born. It was documented that he retired from being a professional skier in 1997, but he never stopped skiing.

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In 2003 he was asked by a wealthy family to move to Gunstock, New Hampshire to privately coach their daughter. He made his decision to move to the United States for this position and moved with his wife and daughter when she was in 8th grade. Eventually Nina and Igor began coaching a team in this area and they began to quickly rack up top finishes in races.

Many of the athletes they coached went to Junior National Championships and college races. At first it was difficult to coach because of the language barrier but it became easier after awhile. Nina would always take on the serious role and Igor would always make sure everybody got enough games and fun in for the practice. During this time the new Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) that was developing in the Midwest caught his attention. He made the decision to move to Wausau, Wisconsin in 2007 where he became the head coach for Knicker Nordic. His wife and daughter decided to stay back in Gunstock.

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As time went on he became very involved in the CXC program first volunteering and then becoming a high performance advisor. He also developed and became a coach for the CXC junior development program, and elite team. He even held a development camp right here in Minocqua with his friend Coach Jim Mullen who said he was known to have an incredible amount of energy with children of all ages, and never made practices seem like work. A close friend of Igor’s, Bill Pierce, said when working with kids, you could often hear Igor say “keep moving, moving, moving…and have fun too!”

On Friday January 24, 2014 Igor Badamshin, age 47, was in Seeley Wisconsin, spending time on one of his favorite cross country ski trails. He was training alone on the Birkie trail for an upcoming local race, when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack, while doing something he loved. The news spread quickly among the cross country ski community, and special gatherings were held in many communities that Igor touched, in honor of celebrating his life.

Almost immediately, close friends of Igor’s created a cross country ski event to honor their friend, and named it the Igor Legacy Camp. The camp was a summer ski camp for young athletes, and the first one was held in June 2014 at Iola Winter Sports Club. Kids from all over met to work on movement, balance, meet new friends and most important, to have fun. The camps have continued and this summer there are four different camps planned to honor Igor. I had the chance to go to one last summer, and that is where I learned about Igor and what he did for cross country skiing.

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In Igor’s lifetime he coached many children of all ages to inspire them to do their best. He coached them through tough levels of training and travelled with them to races across the country. He always had a good attitude and a smile on his face. He never got discouraged or talked about how good he was at skiing and about his medals he won.

I got the chance to talk to some of Igor’s closest friends. Bruce Manske said this about Igor, “By sharing his happiness and joy of Nordic skiing and LIFE, Igor made a huge impact on a lot of kids during his short life.” His friend Bill Pierce said, “Igor was a great coach, trainer, and skier, but he will be remembered most for his love for playing outside.” And his good friend Dennis Kruse shared a story with me and said “ I said to Igor one time when I was thinking about the medals Igor had won, and how good of racers he had competed against, “Igor you were really good back in the Olympics.” Igor just smiled and said “Yeah, I guess I was a little strong.” Some of Igor’s best friends didn’t even know about the medals he had won and how good of a skier he was, that is the kind of person he was and why he will always be remembered.


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Casey Van Hefty is from Minoqua, WI and skis for the Lakeland Nordic Ski Club. This essay and presentation was a part of a ‘Wax Museum’ project at his school. Casey is an awesome skier who competed in many of the CXC Youth Cup races. He placed fourth overall in the U12 age group, during the 2015-16 season!

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Igor Legacy Camps are Filling Fast!

The first Igor Legacy Camp is less than two months away! Spots are filling fast for the June and August camps and there are still several openings for the July camp! Don’t miss out on these three weekends in exciting locations around Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, for unforgettable days of fun activities.

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WISCONSIN June 17-19 Standing Rocks County Park        60% Full

MINNESOTA July 29-31  Myre-Big Island State Park           10% Full

MICHIGAN August 12-14  Wolverine Nordic Village              60% Full

To best meet the coaching needs of the athletes, the Igor Legacy Camps will be capped at 50 athletes.

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New this summer is an Igor Legacy Camp at Myre-Big Island State Park, near Albert Lea, Minnesota.  The park offers great hiking trails and awesome rollerskiing on the State Trail, plus the “group center” features showers, a dining hall, and outlets for campers. The July camp, is beginning to attract the attention of skiers from Rochester, Winona, and La Crosse.

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Camp activities will include outdoor games, dry-land training, roller skiing, and cross training activities. The intention of each camp is to inspire and excite youth in Igor Badamshin‘s honor because his positive and playful approach to coaching has touched and inspired skiers of all ages.

The Igor Legacy Camps are made possible by: Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC), Wisconsin Nordic Development Group and the American Birkebeiner Foundation.


Bruce-Manske

For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, contact Bruce Manske, 651.304.0647.

 

Announcing the 2016 Igor Legacy Camp Schedule

Mark your calendars for the third annual Igor Legacy Camps! Three weekends in exciting locations around Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are set to host young skiers (ages 10-13) for an unforgettable three days of fun activities.

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The goal of each Igor Legacy Camp, is to promote the growth and development of junior cross country ski racers and expose young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for high-level cross country ski racing.

WISCONSIN June 17-19, 2016 / Standing Rocks County Park 

MINNESOTA July 29-31, 2016 / Myre-Big Island State Park

MICHIGAN August 12-14, 2016 / Wolverine Nordic Village

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Camp activities will include outdoor games, dry-land training, roller skiing, and cross training activities. The intention of each camp is to inspire and excite youth in Igor Badamshin‘s honor because his positive and playful approach to coaching has touched and inspired skiers of all ages.

The Igor Legacy Camps are made possible by: Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC), Wisconsin Nordic Development Group and the American Birkebeiner Foundation.


Bruce-Manske

For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, contact Bruce Manske, 651.304.0647.